Reply by: stowe Posted: 8/6/2012 12:03:53 AM Points: 88
You're going to need to be a bit more specific. You said the ugly stick was too short. How long are you looking for? You also wanted to know who makes the best but, don't want to spend too much. The "best" is never going to come cheap. If you can give us a better idea of what you are looking for and what you are willing to spend it shouldn't be too hard to come up with some ideas.
Reply by: stowe Posted: 8/6/2012 12:30:26 AM Points: 88
If you are willing to spend the money on a fenwick I'll agree with culinarypunk. I love my fenwicks and if I personally were looking for a new ultralight I'd take a long hard look at the fenwick elite tech river runner. I have an elite tech small mouth rod and love it. Granted the handle looks a bit unconventional but, it's very comfortable (at least on the small mouth)
Reply by: Treble Posted: 8/6/2012 6:46:09 AM Points: 0
Ʊ on fenwick .. my ultra lite is 5'3" and is rated 1/8 to 1/2 oz 4-12lb line the model # is GS53L.. it is my go to rod and i take it with my everywhere we go! for around 100 bucks and with the backbone of a rod twice its size how can you go wrong with fenwick?
Reply by: stowe Posted: 8/6/2012 11:32:39 AM Points: 88
From Gander the river runner is a bit more than that at $129 in 5' 8" or 6' 8". They also have the HMG though (which I also have and like) in a 6' ul. It's rated for 1-6lb line and 1/16-1/4 oz weight. It runs $100 and both of these can usually be found cheaper on amazon. Of course there are plenty of other brands out there that make good rods in the $100 range. If it were me though I'd try and find the best deal I could on the river runner. If that was out of my price range then I'd get the HMG. There is nothing wrong with the HMG it's a great rod. I just think the new elite tech stuff is a step up from it. --st. croix has a 7' F action UL in it's "premier" line that's $110 in cabelas. You could probably shop around and find it a bit cheaper with a little effort and it fits what you are looking for. I've never had a st croix but, I hear great things.
if you like wipy, try the 7' ocuma light. I got one this spring and it makes a 15" LMB feel like a 7lber. It is tons of fun with wiper too. I got mine on sportsmans guide.com for like $35.00 it has aluminum oxide guides so braid is fine- I like it.
Reply by: aerofanbig Posted: 8/7/2012 7:02:20 AM Points: 1841
I have used Fennwick, love em in fact. However last time I was in the market I ended up going with a BPS Carbonlite L, and it handles the tiny stuff just as well as my previous UL's did. Fantastic feel and sensitivity, extremely high quality rod. They run like 100-110$ I think
Try an Okuma Celilo they come in ultralights in 6'0", 6'6", 7'0", and 7'6". I think my last ones cost about 25 or 30 bucks apiece at Dick's. They also make a yellowish gold rod that is super wispy. I am surprised that you don't like the Daiwa. We have two of those as well, and they have been fine. We fish the 7 footers mostly, but, our 6'6" rods have the best balance because of the butt length. Good luck.